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Oncogenic properties of the mutated forms of fibroblast growth factor receptor 3b

Isabelle Bernard-Pierrot, Aude Brams, Claire Dunois-Lardé, Aurélie Caillault, Sixtina Gil Diez de Medina, David Cappellen, Gabriel Graff, Jean Paul Thiery, Dominique Chopin, David Ricol and François Radvanyi

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 27, issue 4, pages 740-747
Published in print April 2006 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online December 2005 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Oncogenic properties of the mutated forms of fibroblast growth factor receptor 3b

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Germinal activating mutations of FGFR3 are responsible for several forms of dwarfism due to the inhibitory effect of FGFR3 on bone growth. Surprisingly, identical somatic activating mutations have been found at the somatic level in tumours: at high frequency in benign epithelial tumours (seborrheic keratosis, urothelial papilloma) and in low-grade, low-stage urothelial carcinomas, and at a lower frequency in other types of urothelial carcinoma, in cervix carcinoma, and in haematological cancer, multiple myeloma. FGFR3 exists as two isoforms, FGFR3b and FGFR3c, differs in ligand specificity and tissue expression. FGFR3b is the main form in epithelial cells and derived tumours, whereas FGFR3c is the main form in mesenchyme-derived cells and multiple myeloma. Several lines of evidence suggest that mutated FGFR3c has transforming properties. Although mutated FGFR3b is mostly found in benign epithelial tumours or carcinomas of low malignant potential, we present evidence here that mutated FGFR3b is oncogenic. All bladder tumours presenting FGFR3 mutations expressed this receptor more strongly than normal urothelium or non-mutated tumours. NIH-3T3 cells transfected with a mutated form of FGFR3b—FGFR3b-S249C, the most common mutation in bladder tumours—presented a spindle-cell morphology, grew in soft agar and gave rise to tumours when xenografted into nude mice. We identified one line of 17 bladder cell lines tested (MGH-U3) that expressed a mutated form of FGFR3b, FGFR3b-Y375C. We showed using siRNA and SU5402, an FGFR inhibitor, that the tumour properties of MGH-U3 depended on mutated receptor activity. Thus, in two different models, mutated FGFR3b presents oncogenic properties.

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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